PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal wins fourth Rogers Cup title

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal has beaten Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 7-6(4) to be crowned 2018 Rogers Cup champion in Toronto.

Following a week of frustrating rain delays in Toronto, Sunday final was played under clear skies.

Rafa overcame a late service break and fought off a set point at Aviva Centre. He converted his first match point of the tiebreaker to end it.

Our champ was the top seed in the tourney and the win constitutes his 33rd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title and the 80th trophy of his career.

If you told me this two weeks ago I would not have believed it. It’s a great way to start the hard-court season. Winning in Toronto is so important. You don’t win Masters 1000s very often. It’s a very important victory for me and I’m very happy.

The birthday boy Stefanos beat Damir Dzumhur, Dominic Thiem, Novak Djokovic, and Kevin Anderson en route to the final, but found the Spaniard to be a bridge too far.

Congratulations, Rafa!

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PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Karen Khachanov to reach Rogers Cup final

Rafael Nadal has advanced to the final of Rogers Cup with a 7-6(3), 6-4 win over 22-year-old Karen Khachanov. The world No. 1 raised his record to 39-3 on the season.

Our champ will play Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final after the Greek teenager fought back from a set down to beat Kevin Anderson 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-6(7). Rafa won their only previous meeting, dropping just three games in this year’s Barcelona final.

After the match, Rafa said:

I’m happy about everything.

Of course, I can play a little bit better. I believe I can do it.

Rafa will chase a 33rd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title on Sunday—he has not won a Masters title on a hardcourt since he won the Rogers Cup and the Western and Southern Open back-to-back in 2013..

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal reaches Rogers Cup semifinals with win over Marin Cilic

Rafael Nadal had to come from a set down to see off Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

The world No. 1 lost the opening set 2-6 but got himself back in the match with a 6-4 win in the second.

Rafa sealed his place in the last four by taking the deciding set 6-4. The 32-time ATP World Tour Masters 1000 champion, who is a three-time champion in Canada, will now face Karen Khachanov for a semi-final berth.

Asked on Court why he and his generation of players continue to dominate, Rafa said, “We don’t have a name like the NextGen, but we still have a passion for our sport.”

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Benoit Paire at Rogers Cup in Toronto

Rafael Nadal has progressed through to the third round of the Rogers Cup after he defeated Benoit Paire.

The world number one, who is a three-time winner of the Canadian tournament, needed 75 minutes to secure a 6-2, 6-3 triumph in Toronto.

Our champ broke the world number 55’s serve on two occasions during the opening set to move closer to to the last 16, but the second set was anything but straightforward, with six consecutive breaks of serve.

Rafa will now play the winner of the match between Marton Fucsovics and Stan Wawrinka on Thursday.

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal joined by friends on holiday in Spain

Rafael Nadal took advantage of the lull in the season, returning to Spain for a relaxing trip on his yacht Beethoven. The Daily Mail posted paparazzi shots of our champ who was joined by his friends in Ibiza.

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal loses to Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon

(AP) – Rafael Nadal’s quest for a third Wimbledon singles title ended in remarkable fashion in London on Saturday as the world No. 1 was beaten 4-6, 6-3, 6-7(9), 6-3, 10-8 by Novak Djokovic.

As intense as any athletes in any sport, these two didn’t exactly slowly ramp things up when they returned to Centre Court about 14 hours after they’d departed. Having the roof shut meant every sound was amplified as it ricocheted off the dome — the thwack of ball off racket, the players’ grunts, the spectators’ applause.

This was high-decibel, high-stakes, high-quality tennis between two of the greats right from the get-go, beginning with an 18-point, six-deuce game that last 15 minutes and felt truly pivotal. It included a 23-stroke exchange and three others of at least 11. Rafa saved two break points and when he finally held, the owner 17 major championships, two at Wimbledon, punched the air and yelled as if he’d won the match, not a solitary game.

When Rafa broke in Saturday’s second game, a dismayed Djokovic grabbed a spare ball and whacked it with his racket against the wall behind the baseline. Fortunately, he was at the end of the court farthest from the Royal Box, where the pair of visiting Duchesses, Kate and the newly married Meghan, sat in the front row.

There were other such displays of emotion from Djokovic, who is prone to yelling at himself or at his coach. He reacted by getting broken again to trail 5-3 in that set by raising his left shoe and violently pounding his racket against it — one, two, three, four times. Moments later, he got to love-40 before Rafa took five points in a row to serve out the set.

But it was Djokovic who tended to be better down the stretch in his 52nd career meeting against Rafa in a contest that seemed as if it should be worth a trophy.

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Juan Martin Del Potro to reach Wimbledon semifinals

(AP) – Top-ranked Rafael Nadal outlasted Juan Martin del Potro in a crowd-pleasing five-set duel to reach his first Wimbledon semi-final since 2011.

In a match filled with entertaining rallies between two of the biggest hitters in the game, Rafa came from a set down to win 7-5, 6-7 (7), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in 4 hours, 48 minutes — the longest match of this year’s tournament.

Del Potro finished with 77 winners to Rafa’s 67 but failed to convert any of his five break points in the fifth set. Instead it was the Spaniard who earned the only break of the decider and he closed out the win on his first match point — leaving the fifth-seeded Argentine sprawled on the grass in exhaustion.

Rafa will face Novak Djokovic next in a rematch of the 2011 final, the last time the Spaniard had even made the quarter-finals at the All England Club.

Source: AP